At a third of four orientation workshops presented to the Lafayette Parish School Board, members  briefly discussed what is needed to begin a search to fill the superintendent seat to be vacated by Interim Superintendent Burnell LeJeune.

Dawn Morris, the school board's vice president and District 7 representative, presented information outlining the superintendent search process. This included a tentative timeline for this particular process based upon the search for the same position conducted by the school system in 2011.

Morris said advertisements for the position may tentatively begin as early as Friday, Feb. 20. If Morris' tentative schedule is followed, LeJeune's successor may be chosen by late May.

Consideration for breaks in the schedule include a couple of days for the Louisiana School Boards Association Convention later this month and a week-long break in April following Easter. Even with these breaks included, deadlines for advertising and for the application process fall in line with what was followed for the 2011 superintendent search.

"It's really important we stick to this [timeline] as close as possible," said School Board President Bob Angelle.

LeJeune, who has served the Lafayette Parish School System for 40 years, announced at last week's school board meeting that he would not be seeking the superintendent seat due to his planned retirement in July.